Xiaomi will announce the Mi Mix 3 on October 25, and it promises to be one of the most exciting Xiaomi phones we’ve seen in a while, due to the unusual way it has of maintaining the all-screen look synonymous with the Mi Mix range, and some incredible world-first technology.
Rumors, official videos, and plenty of early details have already spread about the device, so here’s what we know about the Mi Mix 3 so far.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix pioneered the all-screen, bezel-less style design we’re seeing so much more of today. How will the Mi Mix 3 change things? An official photo of the phone, along with a video, too, has shown us everything we need to know — the phone will have a slide-up camera module, something like the Oppo Find X, but not motorized.
It’s a callback to flip phones, complete with the satisfaction of physically opening the lens section with your thumb. In the video, people appear to slide the screen down to reveal the camera module, which is likely to only expose the selfie camera. On Twitter, Xiaomi global spokesperson Donovan Sung said the Mi Mix 3 will have, “A next-generation full-screen display, with a sliding form factor.” With only days to go before the official launch, Xiaomi has shown the front of the phone off in its entirety in a tweet, and also revealed the specification of the front camera.
The slide-up camera is different to the approach taken with previous Mi Mix phones, where the selfie camera has been in the phone’s chin, forcing you to turn the phone upside down to take a selfie from the correct angle. It was a neat, but cumbersome solution. Sung continued to explain in a further tweet that the design was chosen to provide “an even better full-screen display experience, especially for photography,” and revealed the company had also experimented with a pop-up camera like that seen on the Vivo Nex S, but decided not to pursue it for the Mi Mix 3.
Rumors place the screen resolution at 2,340 x 1,080 pixels, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, but do not state the size of the OLED panel.
Xiaomi isn’t holding back with the specification on at least one of the new Mi Mix 3 phones. The slide-up camera will have two lenses, take 24-megapixel photos, and will have a selfie light. The rear camera, although we don’t know the finer details yet, will shoot slow-motion video. A tweet showing the camera’s ability highlights its ability to shoot at 960 frames per second (FPS), much like the Galaxy S9 and the Huawei P20 Pro.
— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) October 22, 2018
However, it’s what’s inside the Mi Mix 3 that’s most exciting. According to the company’s global spokesperson, Donovan Sung, the Mi Mix 3 will be capable of 5G connection speeds, and feature 10GB of RAM. This would make it a world first on both counts, and the specs have since been shared via the official Xiaomi Twitter account, too.
— Mi (@xiaomi) October 17, 2018
Xiaomi often launches more than one version of its devices, so we would expect only one model to have both these specs, and for other more affordable models to use 4G LTE and have a smaller amount of RAM. Rumors indicate the Mi Mix 3 will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845.
— Mi (@xiaomi) October 16, 2018
Sung has previously shared a photo of a smartphone in front of a computer screen showing network connection speeds. Look closely at the phone’s screen, and you can see it says “5G” in the information bar. Considering 5G networks are not available to the public yet, and aren’t expected to be until sometime in 2019, this is not evidence that 5G speeds will be available at launch on the Mi Mix 3. Huawei’s modem inside the Mate 20 Pro will connect to compatible 4G LTE networks at up to 1.2Gbps, and is the fastest currently available.
It will be interesting to see what Xiaomi has planned for 5G and the Mi Mix 3.
Announcement and release
Xiaomi will reveal the Mi Mix 3 on October 25 at an event in Beijing, but the release date is unknown. While a U.S. launch is unlikely, Xiaomi has expanded out into Europe over the past year, making a launch in Spain, France, and Italy possible in the future.
We will keep you updated with all the Mi Mix 3 news right here.
Updated on October 22: Added new photos of the Mi Mix 3, information on the camera and slow-motion video feature.